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Below are news stories from Amber Valley CVS

April 2018


  • Your vote could see local group named a winner in this year’s The People’s Projects – make sure you have your say
  • General public gets to decide which community projects get National Lottery funding support
  • Film of The Volunteer Centre’s Safe & Sound project will be aired on ITV on Thursday April 19th and viewers can vote on this year’s worthy winner.

A local community group in Chesterfield is calling for your vote to secure £40,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. The Safe & Sound Project, which is based within The Volunteer Centre in Chesterfield and which provides emergency care to elderly and vulnerable adults, is one of five groups in The Calendar South ITV region in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding.

Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITVand The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to improve local people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

On Thursday April 19th on ITV,The Volunteer Centre in Chesterfield will showcase its Safe & Sound project, on ITV Calendar South regional news at 6pm. To be in with a chance of winning, The Volunteer Centre is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

If successful, The Volunteer Centre will use the grant to expand the current project by recruiting more volunteers giving them greater capacity to tackle as wider range of tasks as possible.

Dave Radford, Manager of The Volunteer Centre said: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, our project will make a real difference to our local community by allowing us to recruit and support more volunteers and offer much needed support to those in most need.”

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups that are using the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects showcases the best of these and is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community.”

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30 April 2018. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote**. To support the Safe & Sound Project and for Ts& Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

March 2018

Somercotes Choral Society are singing happy thanks to a grant from Amber Valley CVS

Our Community Funding Development Worker, Collette Watson attended the Somercotes Choral Society weekly session to present them with a cheque for £250. This was from the Amber Valley CVS Small Grants Fund to help with the groups running costs. Pictured below is Jen Adams from the group along with their Musical Director, Neil Farley with the rest of their team behind them.

Somercotes Choral Society

Somercotes Choral Society

Any group in Amber Valley can apply for the Small Grants Fund, just as long as you have a constitution and a bank account. For further details, please contact Collette Watson at Amber Valley CVS on 01773 512076 / collettewatson@avcvs.org

If you would like more information about the Somercotes Choral Society, please visit www.somercoteschoralsociety.co.uk

February 2018

Success of community campaign sees new road crossing installed

Amber Valley CVS’s Community Organiser Kirsty is there to support local community members to take their ideas and turn them in to reality. Back in 2016 Kirsty met Eileen, a very inspiring lady who has dreamed of seeing a new crossing on Mansfield Road, Heanor for over 60 years. With Kirsty’s support Eileen was finally able to bring this vision to life.

Gathering support for the crossing was a real community effort. Kirsty used her Community Organiser skills to break the mission down in to small manageable steps. Eileen contacted Cllr. Celia Cox who was fantastic at guiding the team through the political process of presenting a petition to Derbyshire County Council. Cllr Celia Cox arranged a site visit with residents and DCC officers and accompanied both Eileen and Kirsty to present the petition, signed by over 140 local residents, to the Cabinet Member. Now that the crossing has been installed residents can feel much safer crossing between bus stops.

Kirsty says “This achievement is such a great example of what can happen when one person takes the lead to bring a community together, communities can really make the difference! I may have provided some support but all of the passion, dedication and energy came from Eileen herself, she is an amazing lady!”

Eileen says “Everyone is delighted with the outcome”.

If you have a community idea that you would like to see happening in your area and would like support, contact Amber Valley CVS on 01773 512076

October 2017

We need your votes to secure vital funding for our Man Cave

Amber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services (AVCVS) who provide support to Amber Valley people with voluntary action are calling for the support of the local community to help win funding for their Man Cave project as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017.


Our Man Cave Project is relying on votes to increase our chances of winning funding of up to £25,000 which we hope will go towards restoring our venue which is an old, unused building and providing materials for our Man Cave volunteers to use.  Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.

The Man Cave was set up in June 2017 with the aim of providing a regular meeting space for men who traditionally do not join in with group social activity, including those with health problems, learning difficulties, mental ill health and suicidal thoughts. At the Man Cave, they find company but in focusing themselves around a practical task we believe more interaction will take place. In completing practical projects using skills they bring with them or acquire through working together we believe confidence, self esteem and mental well being will be improved.

The group has 10 gentlemen who attend on a weekly basis, but the more the merrier and new members are always welcome.  They come together to work on gardening projects and restoration of furniture. With the help of this funding, they would like to buy materials to make items such as work benches and recycling items to make lamps and wall planters, as well as making the building they use, more sustainable.

Paul Smith, lead Man Cave volunteer said, ‘Since the Man Cave started, I have noticed a positive. change in both myself and the other participants. We have become more sociable and better at working as a team. We discuss ideas and can bring all our different skills and techniques together and learn from one another, whilst having a bit of banter at the same time’.

He added, ‘The Aviva Funding would make a great difference to our Man Cave group as we would be able to utilise the building better and make our group self-sustainable, hopefully attracting new members to join’.

To get behind the Amber Valley CVS Man Cave project and help make a difference in your local community, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2857  and submit your vote by 21st November 2017.

For more information about the Man Cave, please call AVCVS on 01773 512076 / admin@avcvs.org or call in at our office at 33, Market Place, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3HA


Well done Kirsty!

Some of our members of staff took part in the Derbyshire Sport September Workplace Challenge ‘Find your 10 minutes’. By doing so, our Community Organiser, Kirsty Barker won a Fitbit activity tracker.

Here’s Kirsty (left) receiving her prize this morning from Rachael Dyer of Derbyshire Sport. Well done Kirsty! We look forward to seeing you power walking around Amber Valley very soon!

September 2017

The Insolvency Service has published a series of videos called ‘if only’ based on true stories around financial abuse and scamming, please see the link below.


The link will also be added to the Safer Derbyshire website under the financial abuse page https://www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/what-we-do/safeguarding-adults/derbyshire-safeguarding-adult-board/financial-abuse/financial-abuse-guidance.aspx

June 2017

Better health starts at home public consultation

What is this consultation about?

NHS commissioners working across Derbyshire have outlined proposals to make changes to the prescribing policy in Derbyshire. This would see less NHS money being spent on products for short-term minor illnesses where there is insufficient evidence of benefit or cost effectiveness and which are available to buy over-the-counter. The result would see more NHS money being available to invest in the diagnosis and treatment of serious medical conditions.  In 2016/17 over £150 million was paid out on GP practice prescriptions.  Of this, it is estimated that over £3 million was spent on medicines that are available to buy over-the-counter and which are only used for illnesses that often get better without any treatment.  With increasing demands on NHS resources it is important to ensure that money allocated to the NHS is spent in the best possible way.

We want your views

The “Better health starts at home” consultation document will tell you why we want to make the changes and what they could mean for you or the people that you support. It will tell you how you can get involved and share your views with us and what we will do with your views once the consultation has finished. We would be most grateful if you could share this information with all of your contacts as we want as many people as possible to share their views.

The consultation document and questionnaire is available at GP surgeries, pharmacies and other community venues in Derbyshire.  It is also available on request and to view and download Click here

More information is available from


The consultation feedback form is available to complete on Survey Monkey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/betterhealthderbys

To request a consultation booklet, or for more information, please email enquiries@northderbyshireccg.nhs.uk or call 01246 514176.

If you would like someone to come out to visit your group to provide further information and take feedback on your views please contact us.

Thank you,

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

May 2017

Be part of the UK’s biggest celebration, recognising the contribution of the 22 million people who volunteer in their communities.

During Volunteers’ Week, hundreds of events and celebrations will take place across the country to say thank you to volunteers, recognising the important contribution they make.  We would like there to be lots of events like this in Amber Valley too.  It’s a great opportunity for you to organise a party/ get together/ soirée, whatever you would like to call it, specifically for your volunteers as a way of saying thank you to them and let them know how much you appreciate them and how their time, makes a huge impact on your group or organisation.

The National Council for Volunteering Organisations (NCVO) have put together a really handy resource pack for you to use. It includes copies of their logos, posters and bunting which you can download and print off. Ideas of how to publicise your event, invitation templates, thank you cards, certificates and much, much more.

Download the new resource pack (pdf)

Amber Valley CVS can also help you promote your event as we can advertise it on our website and social media pages.  If you do organise something, we would love to see some photos of your event so please do email them over to us or post them on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/AVCVS

Amber Valley CVS staff celebrate Red Lippy Day

On Friday 5th May 2017, staff from Amber Valley CVS joined in the Red Lippy Day as a way of remembering ladies of a certain era and how they have succumbed to this dreadful disease.

Red Lippy Day 2017 for Dementia – Amber Valley CVS Staff

April 2017
Amber Valley CVS seek volunteers for their Home from Hospital scheme

Ripley based charity, Amber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services (AVCVS) are looking for local volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to individuals who are being discharged from hospital or a care facility.

Volunteers will provide low level support to people who have no other support network around them, in order to speed and ease the transition from hospital to home and prevent re-admittance.  Tasks may include shopping for basic food stuffs, turning on heating, offering a lift home or popping in to their home to check on their well-being.

Pippa Woodbridge, Home from Hospital Worker said, ‘We are looking for volunteers, specifically from the Belper, Ripley, Heanor or Langley Mill areas to offer support for up to 6 weeks, with at least weekly visits for supportive, social conversation and ad hoc practical support which will encouraging the individual to care for themselves at home.’

She added, ‘Volunteers can choose the day or time that they are able to provide support. They will be supported by myself and will be given training beforehand. They will be able to claim back any out of pocket expenses and will have access to additional signposting and services for each individual that they help.  Volunteers must be over 18 years of age and they will require a DBS (Police check) to be carried out prior to them volunteering’.

Each single volunteers input will encourage a person’s adjustment to their home environment and participation with the wider community. Ongoing health or social care will be provided by other statutory services such as the NHS, to the person alongside this volunteering activity.

This help will support the NHS and Derbyshire Hospitals by removing some of the barriers to lone patients returning and staying home following discharge.

The Home from Hospital service is funded by the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

If you are interested in finding out more information about how to become a Home from Hospital volunteer, please contact Philippa Woodbridge on 01773 512076 or email philippawoodbridge@avcvs.org


Victims of antisocial behaviour in Derbyshire can gain support from a new service put in place and funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

The Commissioner set about introducing a new ASB Support Service after talking with traumatised victims whose sense of safety had been shattered.

“I feel very strongly that we need more avenues of support for victims to enable them to cope and recover and no longer live in fear or distress,” he said. “Antisocial behaviour comes in many shapes and forms, none of which is acceptable, which is why I want the service to be available to all victims of such abhorrent crimes – be they of a nuisance, personal or environmental kind.”

Adults and children will be able to seek help from the service through self-referral, whether or not they have reported what’s happening to the police.

Steve Jones of Remedi said: “Remedi are delighted to be extending our support services to all victims of anti-social behaviour across Derby and Derbyshire. We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with key ASB agencies to provide both emotional and restorative support services to help those affected by ASB to cope and recover.”

The service will be run by Remedi Restorative Services as an extension to Derbyshire Victim Services, working alongside other support services in the county.


Would you like to volunteer with Homestart in Amber Valley to support families with children under 5? Homestart Derby are extending their activity and will be working from Amber Valley CVS office to train and support local volunteers and families.




Spring Clean your group with the help of Amber Valley CVS’ FREE training course – January and May 2016 


Amber Valley CVS 2015 Food Bank appeal – December 2015


Amber Valley Voices awarded funds from Amber Valley CVS – October 2015


Amber Valley CVS thank their Befrienders – August 2015


Somercotes Infants School Charity Carousel Day – 14th June 2015


Volunteer and potentially end up with a job – May 2015